MIA was founded in the 1960’s under the name, ‘Mid-America Montessori Teacher Preparation Center’ (MAMTEC) by Dr. Helen K. Billings. After earning her Ed.D. in Education, Dr. Billings enrolled in Montessori training in Italy in 1964. Through her unceasing energy and dynamic speaking ability, MAMTEC became the largest Montessori training program in Missouri and Kansas from the late 1960’s until 1972.
Today 5 MIA teacher preparation centers are certified by MIA to conduct programs. Hundreds of MIA teachers and schools throughout the world are assisting children to reach their full potential development, cognitively, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. We have a rich heritage dating back to Dr. Maria Montessori who taught us to discover and follow the child.
In 1972 MAMTEC became the Montessori Institute of America (MIA). Dr. Billings felt Montessori was truly a lamp of learning.
Currently MIA has 5 teacher preparation centers preparing men and women to become world class Montessori teachers. While MIA is based in the United States, we currently have training programs in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. We continue to expand our services to other continents so that we can change the world, one child at a time.
While most educational curriculums focus on the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional aspects of a child, MIA recognizes the importance Dr. Montessori place on the spiritual development of each child. Included in most of the MIA Teacher Education Programs are the “Child and Faith” lessons modeled after Montessori’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Vision & Mission
Our Mission is to provide a harmonious, global organization to support Montessori philosophy through teacher preparation, schools, and individual members.
We advocate the development of the whole child, recognizing Dr. Montessori’s emphasis on the spiritual dimension of the child and adult.